Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr By Motivating Young Leaders
Dr. King did not live to see his vision for the nation realized. However, it is being realized daily through the leaders that he inspired and through the aspirations of young people globally. He paved the way for our former President, Barack Obama to lead for eight years and for millions of youth worldwide to believe that they too are created equal and will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. The dream has to be kept alive for those young people; we have to encourage them, empower them and create a path for them to succeed. Former first lady, Michelle Obama's speech, which I have posted below, does just that. In her final speech as first lady, she addressed students and educators and provided the following powerful advice:
- With hard work and a good eduction anything is possible.
- Religious diversity is a great American tradition. Practice your values with pride.
- Don't let anyone make you feel that you don't matter.
- Do not take your freedoms from granted; do your part to protect them.
- When you encounter obstacles, rely on the power of hope to help you survive.
Young people, Dr. King's dream is still possible. Don't be discouraged. For every two steps forward, it may seem like we take a step back but progress is still being made. With your hard work and dedication, every corner of the world can be turned into an oasis for freedom and justice.
HAPPY DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR DAY! Let us spend it doing our part to keep his dream in the minds and hearts of our youth. Dreams do not become reality without persistent and sustained action. It is not enough to have a kind and loving heart without extending kindness to our brothers and sisters. Dr. King's dream for his four children is now the American Dream that we must all work tirelessly to make an undeniable reality for our youth.